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Articles by Ken Bailey

Articles by Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey is an outdoor writer and wildlife professional with more than 40 years’ experience as an angler and hunter. He has been active in the wildlife and wildlife habitat arena since 1979, including 24 years with Ducks Unlimited Canada, along with stints at BC and Alberta Fish & Wildlife Divisions, Upland Birds Alberta and the Alberta Professional Outfitters Association.

He continues to own and operate a consulting company providing a range of professional services to wildlife organizations, including the Alberta Trappers Association, Pheasants Forever Canada, Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Environment and Parks, and Safari Club International.

As an outdoors writer, Ken has published more than 1300 articles for a variety of angling and hunting magazines across North America and in Africa. He has served as the Hunting Editor of Outdoor Canada magazine since 1995, and as the Editor of Barry Mitchell’s Alberta Fishing Guide since 2015. He’s also the author of the award-winning book, No Place Like Home, (NPLH.webnode.com) featuring stories about his fishing and hunting adventures across Canada, and has been a contributor to several other books. Ken has fished and hunted not only across Canada, but through much of the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Argentina, Iceland, Greenland, and several countries in southern Africa.

A previous President and Chairman of the Board for the Outdoor Writers of Canada, Ken remains active with that organization while also serving on the boards of the Alberta Conservation Association and Pheasants Forever Canada.
Unlocking New Waters: Building Confidence with Attractor Patterns for Successful Fly Fishing

Unlocking New Waters: Building Confidence with Attractor Patterns for Successful Fly Fishing

When fishing new water, particularly remote stretches, I like to begin with any one of a number of popular searching or attractor patterns.

3 months ago
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Finding and Fishing New Trout Streams

Finding and Fishing New Trout Streams

Most of us are creatures of habit, and our tendency to fall back on the tried and trusted extends to our fishing habits as much as it does the rest of our lives. Do you find yourself fishing the same streams and the same reaches of those streams year after year?...

3 months ago
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Pike on the Fly – My Quest Continues

Pike on the Fly – My Quest Continues

Several years ago a long-time buddy and I determined we were going to try to catch as many different species of Master Angler-qualifying fish on the fly as we could. He lives in Winnipeg, while I reside in Edmonton, so it gave us an excuse to ...

6 months ago
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Fly Fishing for Pike - Essential Gears

Fly Fishing for Pike - Essential Gears

Pike are an ideal but often overlooked fish for fly anglers. Early in the season they eagerly take big streamers, before going deeper in search of cold water as summer progresses.

6 months ago
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Minimal Gear Requirements

Pack light; you won’t need as much tackle as you assume. For fly anglers ...

10 months ago
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Fishing as a Vacation Add-On

Fishing as a Vacation Add-On

One year, staring at the azure ocean, I determined I was going to make better use of my location and ...

10 months ago
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Exploring Tundra Waters

Like many anglers, I dream of fishing remote, virginal waters, lakes where huge fish roam, never before having seen an artificial lure. Unfortunately, in today’s shrinking world this has become an increasingly unlikely proposition; there just aren’t many untouched waters left to explore. The exceptions, of course,

1 year ago
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Be Prepared!

Be Prepared!

The Boy Scouts have it right, especially when referring to travel in wild, remote locations where help can be many, many miles, and many hours, away.

1 year ago
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Guided or DIY?

Guided or DIY?

I recently returned from a self-guided fishing trip to a vast lake in the Northwest Territories. There is a lodge on the lake, but a friend and I made an arrangement with the owner to rent a boat, motor and fuel and head out on our own for eight days. We explored the lake from end to end and didn’t see another boat or person until our return. The weather was unseasonably windy

2 years ago
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Check References

Check References

If you do decide to use a guided fishing service, whether day-fishing or through a lodge, be sure to check references before you put down your hard-earned cash. The internet and social media have a way of making every guided trip look like the experience of a lifetime, but that just isn’t the case.

2 years ago
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